The University of Montevallo will be partnering with five school systems in Jefferson County to serve a cohort of approximately 4,500 students from the following school systems: Bessemer City Schools, Fairfield City Schools, Jefferson County Schools, Midfield City Schools, and Tarrant City Schools. Students will begin in either the sixth or seventh grade and the grant funding will move with them as they progress through and graduate from high school.

“This grant opportunity will bring a huge benefit to this region. The students and their parents will have an opportunity to establish the qualified workforce that is needed to help our region to continue to grow and meet the needs of business and industry in the years to come,” said Jefferson County Superintendent Craig Pouncey.

The GEAR UP Jefferson County (GU-JC) initiative is designed to improve access, opportunities and outcomes for students from historically marginalized populations and underserved communities. The program will support, strengthen and expand the existing infrastructure, as well as enhance academic opportunities, increase exploration of postsecondary options and equip students and families with information and tools to plan for and access postsecondary education. In addition, enrichment and professional development opportunities will be provided for teachers to support cohort students.

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